The state's top business group is calling for the resignation of a powerful Republican state lawmaker who has been accused of inappropriate sexual comments or actions by several women.
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry spokesman Garrick Taylor said Friday that Rep. Don Shooter should step down. He said that's what's best for the institution.
House Speaker J.D. Mesnard also suspended Shooter from his role as chairman of the powerful appropriations committee on Friday. He said an ongoing investigation into numerous allegations made it impossible for him to serve in that job.
The actions came as the publisher of Arizona's largest newspaper joined a growing list of women who say Shooter subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or actions.
Shooter says he asked for the investigation and can't comment further.